TXOGA Statement on Recent Activity in Gardendale Seismic Response Area

AUSTIN – Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) today issued the following statement:

“Industry operators continue to cooperate with the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) in response to the recent activity in the Gardendale Seismic Response Area (SRA). The RRC inspection of injection well sites in the area is appropriate and should inform, along with industry data, the best next steps forward and direct actions beyond currently adopted protocols. Reducing injection volumes, targeted shut-in of injection wells, expanding the size of the SRA, and comprehensive data collection and analysis are all available tools. Scientific data confirms that some continued seismicity activity often occurs after an event like the one that occurred Friday evening.

“In addition, the industry and academia continue to explore alternatives to wastewater injection through market based water reuse and recycling as well as innovative pilot programs and collaboration with the Produced Water Consortium led by Texas Tech University, which was established by the 87th Texas Legislature.”


Founded in 1919, TXOGA is the oldest and largest oil and gas trade association in Texas representing every facet of the industry.

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